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Marine Lab Aberdeen Long Term Coastal Monitoring (1996 onwards)

Data holding centreFisheries Research Services, Aberdeen Marine Laboratory
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period1996 onwards
Geographical area

Scottish coastal waters.


Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Silicate concentration parameters in the water column; Temperature of the water column


Nutrient analysers; discrete water samplers; salinity sensor


This data set has been collated from data sampled at the following five coastal sites monitoring sites; Findon (near Aberdeen), Mallaig, Loch Ewe, Scapa (Orkney Islands), Clift Sound (Shetland Isalnds), Cromarty Firth, Loch Maddy(Outer Hebrides), Newburgh(Aberdeenshire), Millport and Fair Isle. Only temperature data is sample at Findon, Millport and Mallaig. Data monitoring began during 1996 at the Findon site and during 1999 at the other four sites. The temperature data are recorded every 60 minutes at Mallaig and at every 30 minutes for the other 4 sites. The salinity and nutrient data are collected once a week. Checks are made in the temperature records for spikes and spurious data. Any dubious salinity or nutrient data are rejected. In addition, phytoplankton samples are collected at Scapa, Clift Sound and Loch Ewe sites. These samples are taken weekly from March - October and less frequently (fortnightly or monthly) during winter months.

OriginatorsFisheries Research Services, Aberdeen Marine Laboratory
Data web site
OrganisationFisheries Research Services, Aberdeen Marine Laboratory
AvailabilityBy negotiation

Fisheries Research Services, Aberdeen Marine Laboratory
PO Box 101 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1224 876544
Facsimile+44 (0)1224 295511
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1043012
Global identifier618
Last revised2009-12-01